Death and the Maiden Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Paulina want to honor Gerardo's caring of her?

2. What does Paulina do when she walks away from Gerardo?

3. When Paulina returns to the living room, what does she do?

4. Where is Paulina looking when the stage goes dark?

5. How many lines does Paulina speak in this scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gerardo continues his plea to indulge Paulina, as she is one of many who feel they need vengeance for past wrongs.

1. Do you think this means that Gerardo has no desire for vengeance? Why or why not?

2. Vengeance can be a two edged sword. What do you think is meant by this in view of Paulina's behavior?

3. Do you think vengeance can restore peace of mind? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Paulina has said she wants Gerardo to defend the truth on the Investigating Commission.

1. What do you think she meant by this statement? Use examples from the play to support your answer.

2. Do you think Paulina believes Gerardo is too weak to insist on the truth if she isn't pushing him? Why or why not?

3. Do you think the truth should be more important to Gerardo than it is? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Roberto asserts that Gerardo's wife needs psychiatric treatment. Gerardo assures him that he is her treatment.

1. Based on what you've seen thus far of Paulina's actions, do you think she needs psychiatric treatment? Why or why not?

2. Do you think needs psychiatric treatment would be beneficial to anyone who has undergone torture? Why or why not?

3. Do you think a husband should be trying to act as his wife's psychiatrist? Why or why not?

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